If I just ate every day as I wish I ate, I probably wouldn’t need as many supplements as I take now. But then again, our natural food source is providing our diets with fewer nutrients than they once did 50-years ago — sadly carrots have less vitamin A, oranges have less vitamin C along with nearly every other fruit and vegetable on the market.
Not only are we not eating enough fruits and vegetables, but also we need to consume more to get an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals into our bodies. Adding to the problem is our diets are full of foods that are empty of any nutritional value. Our abundance of food is making us fatter and sicker and yet our bodies are starving. It is considered over consumption malnutrition. We just aren’t eating enough of the right foods.
Be kind to your body and give it something that it is craving – vitamins! The odds are excellent you will feel better, and many health challenges will slowly dissolve. Here are few vitamins I recommend adding to your daily routine.
First is Vitamin A. It protects the health of epithelial cells from the damaging effects of free radicals and also helps to counteract the impact of radiation, tobacco smoke, and pollutants. It also plays a role in the immune system by assisting cells in fighting bacterial infections. Vitamin A is also required for the digestion of protein. It is naturally found in colorful fruits and vegetables, especially with yellow, orange, or red colors and dark, green leafy vegetables.
Next is Vitamin E. It assists in the production of specific enzymes that are needed to maintain overall health. It aids in the prevention of premature aging and keeps tissue supple. It also helps heal wounds without scarring. It is also necessary for the maintenance of the skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscle membranes. Good food sources to provide vitamin E are from vegetable oils, whole grain wheat, nuts, seeds, and leafy greens.
The mighty B-vitamins. B-complex is eight different vitamins that have a variety of properties. They are B1 – thiamin, B2 – riboflavin, B3 – niacin, B5 – pantothenic acid, B6 – pyridoxine, B7 – biotin, B12 and folic acid. This group of Bs works better as a team. They help your body obtain energy from food. They are critical for nervous system support, which is why they are often thought of as anti-stress vitamins, especially when taken with vitamin C. By supporting the nervous system you giving yourself some healthy mood support. They also help form red blood cells and aid in liver detoxification. Our diets are so full of refined carbohydrates, especially sugar, it depletes any B vitamin reserves we may have. To add more of this B-team to your diet, consume complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, leafy green vegetables, beans, peas, and nuts.
The famous Vitamin C, best known for its role as an antioxidant. It protects cells against the effects of free radicals, and it is also essential for skin, bones and connective tissues. Our adrenal glands need massive amounts of this nutrient to support immunity and help produce energy. Without it, the body cannot make collagen, the substance that holds the body’s cells together and maintains our skin health. Vitamin C is easily washed from our system and needs to be continuously replaced. If you suffer from allergies, it is a natural antihistamine. Fruits and vegetables as citrus, broccoli, and greens contain the nutrient, but they need to be fresh as C is readily lost through exposure to heat and light. You also need extra vitamin C if you’re under a lot of stress, pregnant or breastfeeding if you smoke or recovering from surgery.
Simply, four vitamins that will give your body the tools to help it function optimally. Find a reputable source with the most natural ingredients. Synthetic vitamins often are more toxic than helpful. Also notice, all the above vitamin sources come from dark green leafy vegetables. That’s a definite hint to gobble more spinach, kale, broccoli, chard, collard greens, watercress and there’s many more! The better you eat, the better you feel, but in the meantime give your body the nutritional help it needs.